In what was possibly one of the most exciting marketing moves in movie history, The Cloverfield Paradox trailer debuted to the world on the biggest night on television. Not only was this the only information that had released regarding the Cloverfield sequel, but it also revealed that the movie would be available on Netflix within hours of its reveal. They knocked it out of the park with the advertising, but did The Cloverfield Paradox live up to the hype?
As a huge fan of the first Cloverfield movie when it released in 2008, my interest skyrocketed when the mysterious trailer debuted of nowhere during the middle of Super Bowl 52 (Go Eagles!). The trailer was filled with footage from the first Cloverfield movie and promised to give us the all the answers of the Cloverfield movies like: Where did the monsters come from? What are they? Why are they here? The Cloverfield Paradox absolutely answered those questions…but not very well.
The main story of The Cloverfield Paradox is actually very simple. A group of scientist are in a space station looking for and testing a device that will solve an energy crisis on Earth. The device that they are testing sends them through a wormhole and they are trying to find their way back to our planet. I won’t spoil it by telling you how the monsters come to Earth or why, but I can tell you with confidence that it is completely underwhelming. While the main plot is happening in space, there is a subplot with one of the astronauts’ husband on Earth and it is honestly a waste of time and does nothing to the overall plot. When people think of Cloverfield they think of two things: Giant Monster movie and Monster Inc.’s James P. Sullivan AKA lovable maniac John Goodman running a terror bunker, and (slight spoiler) the monster only shows up for maybe a total of five seconds.
The best part of this film is its cast, which actually has some strong performances by Chris O’Dowd, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daniel Brühl. However, the characters of this movie can be described as nothing short of a flat diet doctor pepper after sitting in the sun for three hours. They are flat and bring nothing to the table except for a talented cast of expendables.
In conclusion, this film honestly feels like a slap in the face for Cloverfield fans. For us that analyzed the first film and even 10 Cloverfield Lane for hours, it is six apple slices short of a happy meal. Even though the film is very underwhelming and upsetting, the marketing team for The Cloverfield Paradox deserves a Super Bowl trophy of their own for getting all the fans so hyped up. Unfortunately, the ad was the best part of the entire film.
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